Reference Resources
Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World (online)
Publishing in print in February 2009, this encyclopedia presents students, researchers, political analysts, journalists, and common readers with accurate, comprehensive, and balanced scholarship on all aspects of the world's fastest-growing religion and the areas it affects: society, politics, economics, everyday life, culture, and thought.
Europa World Plus
Online version of the Europa World Year Book and the nine-volume Europa Regional Surveys of the World series, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories.
Databases
An extensive multidisciplinary database providing full text for thousands of publications, including thousands of peer-reviewed journals.
JSTOR
Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.
Project MUSE
Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982
Provides indexing of general-interest periodicals published in the United States, including full coverage of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. Reflects the history of the 20th century, offering access to information about history, culture, and seminal developments across nine decades.
Index Islamicus
1906-present. International bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world, including history, beliefs, societies, cultures, languages, and literatures.
Scholarly Articles
ATLA Religion Database
1949-present. Covers religious and theological scholarship in over a thousand international journals and 14,000 multi-author works.
Historical Abstracts with Full Text
Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Includes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations and offers full-text access to many resources.
Sociological Abstracts
1952-present. Includes citations and abstracts for articles in journals, conference papers, books, and dissertations in the social and behavioral sciences.
PAIS International
Indexes articles, books, hearings, reports, government publications, Internet resources, and other publications from 120 countries. Includes materials in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish with English-language abstracts.
EconLit
1969-present. Provides citations for journals, books, dissertations, and working papers on economics from hundreds of sources. NOTE: Many of the articles in EconLit are working papers from the RePEc database. "Search for full text" will NOT take you to the full text of these working papers. Look for the links in the EconLit records to the full text of the working papers.
eHRAF World Cultures
Select Middle East or specific cultures such as Arab American, Arab Canadian, Israelis, Iran, Kurds, Palestinians, Lur, Turks, and Yemenis.
MLA International Bibliography
The premier source for finding the secondary literature on modern literatures, languages, and folklore. (Included in Literature Resource Center)
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
Index of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, public policy, and public administration.
Film and Video
Filmakers Library Online
Provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. 
Films on Demand. Humanities and Social Sciences Collection
Streaming video for thousands of full-length videos and video clips in subject areas including anthropology, art & architecture, communications, education, English & language arts, history, music, philosophy & religion, political science, psychology, sociology, and world languages.
Images
AP Images (Associated Press)
Constantly updated, AP Images provides access to millions of primary source photos from 1825 to the present. Also provides audio, video, graphics, and interactives. This database may be used for educational purposes only.
ARTstor
Searchable database of images applicable to many different times, cultures, and disciplines. Also includes local Physics and Botany image collections. Use individual log-in for off-campus access.
Primary Sources
Travels in the Middle East Archive
A digital archive focusing on Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. TIMEA offers electronic texts such as travel guides, museum catalogs, and travel narratives, photographic and hand-drawn images of Egypt, historical maps, and interactive GIS (Geographic Information Systems) maps of Egypt and Cyprus.

English-language primary materials coming from Egypt, and the Middle East in general, are limited; Arabic-language materials are more plentiful. For those of us who are not particularly familiar with Arabic, we have to get more "creative" in our search for primary resources.  Photographs, films, and maps can be considered primary resources.  Remember, though, to always think about who created the resource: a photograph by a Western journalist might say a lot more about Westerner's perceptions than they say directly about Egyptian women.
Understanding the Egyptian Revolution
Arab Spring: an Interactive Timeline of Middle East Protests
The Guardian provides an interactive timeline of pro-democracy rebellions in the Middle East from December 2010 to December 2011.

Global Voices
Global Voices is a network of bloggers and journalists who curate blog posts in order to highlight current conversations, to encourage discourse across languages and national borders, and to advocate for freedom of expression.  Global Voice's "Egypt Revolution" includes a news timeline as well as a variety of other resources stemming from social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

R-Shief
R-Shief is a multilingual archive of social media posts relating to Arab uprisings from 2008 - 2014.
Contact Me

    Rebecca Ciota

French & Arabic Liaison
ciotareb@grinnell.edu